A Guide to the Francis Lewis Gould Papers, [ca. 1890-1993]
Born to Arabella (Ludlow) and Edward Gould in New York, Francis Lewis "Paco" Gould (1884-1979) graduated from New York University in 1905. He served in the New York National Guard during World War I before engaging in investment banking and serving as vice president of R. W. Halsey & Company and president of Distributors Guild Inc. Following his retirement in 1932, Gould worked in Boston, Massachusetts, as a wine consultant and importer. In 1948, he married Romilda "Romie" Peri (1904-1999), and the couple split their time between Switzerland and St. Helena, California. In 1949, Gould founded the public relations program of the Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena and edited its newsletter, Bottles and Bins. In 1972, Gould published an autobiography, My Life with Wine. Following her husband’s death in 1979, Romie published two books about their lives, Con Brio: Romie & Paco (1989) and Paco!: The World and Work of Francis Lewis Gould (1993).
Consisting of printed material and photographs, the Francis Lewis Gould Papers, [ca. 1890-1993], document Gould’s life and work with wineries in Napa Valley, California. Photographs and negatives depict Gould and his wife Romilda Peri Gould, while an historical sketch discusses the 7th Regiment of the National Guard of New York through the First World War. Printed material primarily illuminates Gould’s work as editor of the Charles Krug Winery’s Bottles and Bins newsletter and the publication of Romie Gould’s books, Paco!: The World and Work of Francis Lewis Gould and Con Brio: Romie & Paco. Printed material also contains biographical information, including membership certificates, a genealogical chart, a brief biography of Gould, and a copy of the Goulds’ 1948 marriage certificate.
This collection is open for research use.
Francis Lewis Gould Papers, [ca. 1890-1993], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers